But Jablonski told the Press-Republican that he didn’t believe losing the admissions position will hurt enrollment.
He first clarified the title of the position: student support specialist/athletic specialist/admissions adviser.
“A substantial part of that job was coaching,” he said.
As to reports of low enrollment, Jablonski said, the 2012 numbers had dropped from their peak from 2011 but were still 11 percent higher than five years ago.
At the end of the college’s fiscal year in August 2012, enrollment was 1,563 full-time equivalent students, with August 2011 —the all-time high — at 1,627.
By comparison, Jablonski said, in 2007 there were 1,404.
“We served our record for the highest number of students with the lowest amount of state aid in a decade,” he said.
He also noted that despite the budget cuts and employee layoffs, all degrees and certification programs will remain intact for the coming year and that the operating budget will be balanced.
Board Chairperson Nina Coolidge accepted Hewitt’s letter on behalf of the board and said it would taken under consideration.